There are certain key freedoms we are granted throughout our life if we are lucky… expression, opinion, privacy. In these, we have been given a right to access, interpret and disseminate information how we see fit.
Governments dictate and guide policy for human rights and information access. How a state moderates and implements its access policies determines the resources available for the individual information user. So, how would a new government affect policy for information institutions and open access resources, such as the internet?
Government restrictions to anonymity and encryption on the internet are increasingly being seen as violations to the “soft laws” of Human Rights and the binding laws of UN global treaties set to protect such freedoms. The individual’s right to internet usage is a freedom. Anonymity and encryption enable privacy, opinion and expression; vital to global development on an economic, as well as a humanitarian level. The micromanaging of internet freedoms affects the individual user’s rights. Should you care enough to learn about it?
Advocacy for technological education increases the awareness of information literacy and tears down barriers to individual and global development. Institutions such as libraries and archives become more important as they are the outlets for our rights as individual information users and keys to resource access in this changing world. This blog explores the many facets of these absolute rights, what policy or program affects them, and the changes in how our world sees information access today.
This page has been developed as a project for LIS 6010: Introduction to the Library and Information Science Profession. The blog is run by Group 3: Terri S., Heather L., Anne H., Shannon Y., Lauren A., and Melissa C.